Launch of an Appeal for Funds to establish a Monastery in the UK
During Luangpoh Sudhiro’s month long visit to the UK in 2019, his trip to Carlisle uncovered a very suitable property, over the border in Scotland, that could provide facilities and accommodation for a monastery.
Luangpoh wishes to spend longer periods of time in the UK, setting up and establishing the monastery.
This property is currently used for holiday accommodation and is very well loved and cared for by the current owners.
Luangpoh strongly believes this could provide a place for monks, a place for Maechis and places for lay people to come and experience living in the Dhamma in the UK without always having to visit him in Thailand.
Setting up a monastery would enable Luangpoh to establish his unique approach in the UK.
The property comprises of a large four bed roomed Victorian house with spacious reception rooms for a shrine room, dining room, library, office as well as an existing catering kitchen.
In the grounds there are three cottages with woodland to the north with a vegetable garden and formal garden for walking practice overlooking a river.
The Buddha-Metta Society UK (BMSUK) are delighted to support the process to purchase this property and set up a dedicated organisation to own and manage the monastery. This will be the first Dhammayut monastery in Scotland.
The BMSUK feel that with all the uncertainties that exist in the world, it is of paramount importance, for more people to access a peaceful place, where they can live in the Dhamma and take this experience back to everyday life.
To make this very significant opportunity happen, that will be of benefit to self and others, we need your support.
The BMSUK are launching an international appeal for financial donations to buy the property, which is on the market for £795,000.
We are launching this appeal to connect with the usual generosity of people who know and appreciate Luangpoh Sudhiro’s work and way of teaching the Dhamma. In this way we hope to make an offer for the property. One-off donations, standing orders and interest free loans are welcome. Whilst the intention of this fundraising appeal is to purchase the property described above, if it is not successful, the donations raised will either be used to purchase an alternative property for the same purpose, to support Luangpoh Sudhiro’s work in general or they can be returned to the donor.
If you would prefer your donations to be returned or have other specific requests, please kindly fill in the form below(Appendix A). Bank Details for Donations To ensure that donations intended for Buddha Metta Society’s pilgrimages and Luangpoh Sudhiro’s other projects are kept separate; we have opened a dedicated bank account for donations intended for the establishment of the UK monastery. Please only use the bank details below for donations intended for the setup of the proposed UK monastery, citing your name as the reference.
Donations from the UK: Account name: Buddha Metta Society Sort Code: 20 24 09 Account Number: 90508853
Donations from overseas: Account name: Buddha Metta Society IBAN: GB53 BUKB 20240990508853 SWIFTBIC (Bank Identifier Code): BUKBGB22
Bank name and address: Barclays, Leicester, LE87 2BB, United Kingdom Beneficiary address: Buddha Metta Society UK, 19E Lawngreen Avenue, Manchester, M21 8FH, UK
If you are a UK taxpayer, you can maximise your donation at no additional cost to you by completing a gift aid form (Appendix B). This will enable us to claim 25p of Gift Aid from HM Revenue and Customs for every £1 that you donate.